In this case, I would have to agree with Steve. I saw Levine several times
in Cincinnati in the early 70s, and am still amazed that he seems to has
lost little of his intensity since then. Major league baseball players make
a lot more than that on average, and don't have to work nearly as hard.

David N. Lewis
Assistant Classical Editor, All Music Guide

"Never treat an audience as customers-always treat them as partners." - Ted

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Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 11:44 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] well, this might explain why so many sonic treasures
languish in government warehouses

I've heard some wonderful performances from Levine.  Given what many 
corporate executives receive for underperformance, he is underpaid.

Steve Smolian

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From: "Karl Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 11:02 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] well, this might explain why so many sonic treasures

languish in government warehouses

> James Levine supposedly makes over $3.5M a year, a combination of his 
> Boston and Met appointments. What does he bring that could possibly 
> justify the expense? For me, even if one could bring back Toscanini, 
> Furtwangler or Koussevitzky from the dead, they still wouldn't be worth 
> that kind of money.
>  For me, the problem rests with those empowered with oversight. Boards 
> tend to be populated by those who have enjoyed great success in business 
> and naturally they will tend to trust those who, at the very least, share 
> some similar measure of success. Unfortunately, it is can be far more 
> difficult to measure success in the non-profit world and sadly Boards 
> don't often see that there are differences. I was reminded of the recent 
> obituary of the conductor Landau. In the obit, a quote from the President 
> of the Board of one of the orchestras conducted by Landau was cited as a 
> reason why Landau left the orchestra...the head of the board supposedly 
> said something like the programming should be designed to attract 
> donations. While there are no simple answers, one could assume, that the 
> primary purpose of the organization was to raise money...but to what end? 
> So it could raise more money? Is there ever enough money for a non-proft?
>  Disgraceful? Yes, but for me, it is equally absurd and sad.
>  Karl
>  Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>  ****
> This guy is allegedly a "public servant." He should be fired and the 
> office put under very strict oversight, with the executive budget cut to 
> the bone. Someone wanting to get rich and live like a
> CEO doesn't belong in charge of the Smithsonian, or the LOC or any other 
> government institution. Such jobs are not for those in it for the rich and

> famous living large life.
> No wonder so much audio material in the hands of the Smithsonian will 
> never be conveniently available to the public (public = owners and funders

> of said museum). Disgraceful!
> -- Tom Fine
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